When it comes to my workout threads, I have loyally bought sports bras and workout capris branded with the Nike swoosh for years. But recently, I decided it was time for a change.
I’ve wandered past the storefront for Atlanta Activewear many times and have just never made the time to go in. A few Fridays ago, I was in the area (Virginia Highlands) for lunch and finally made my way through the boutique’s little red door. (And even if you don’t live in the Atlanta area, you can shop at the online storefront.)
Once inside, the vibe is very clean and modern, and the racks are lined with fitness apparel that can easily transition from the yoga studio to lunch with the girls. As I was browsing, Danielle Burke, who runs the store with her sister, Donna (creator of the Yoga in Heels blog), greeted me and we chatted about how I was looking for a new pair of running pants.
What I loved most about Danielle is that she took the time to gather a variety of items for me to try on. (And as a good salesperson, these items included jackets and sports tops that I didn’t realize I needed — until I tried them on.)
She was there to answer my questions about fit as I worked my way through the pants. Let’s just say, I started with a pair of medium running leggings and ended up with an extra small. I never would have tried on a pair that small without Danielle’s urging; I have NEVER been an extra small kind of gal. But Danielle insisted that when it comes to leggings, you want to ensure that they fit like a glove, or else the fabric will stretch out too much.
I decided to take home a pair of the Elisabetta Rogiani rolldown leggings (I love these because they're made of performance fabric but look like regular leggings — wear them with boots and a sweater or a sports bra and running shoes) and a version of this Angie Tank by RESE Activewear sports top.
Since making my purchases, I have worn both items for everything from spinning to running and can happily say that they continue to fit fabulously — so glad I got the extra small leggings!
The only downside to this boutique is that the clothing may cost a bit more than most like to spend on workout wear. But for me, this was a splurge — a splurge that was well worth it given Danielle’s assistance and expertise. I will certainly visit this “fit” again. (Did I mention the store hosts a complimentary yoga class every Saturday morning at 9 a.m.?
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